Film and Digital Media

2018-19 General Catalog

101 Communications Building
(831) 459-3204

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Lawrence Andrews
Documentary, sound, animation, installation

Sharon Daniel
New media and interactive documentary; social, economic, environmental and criminal justice; socially engaged art; community-based public art in information and communications environments; social and political aspects of information design; documentary forms and ethics

Eli E. Hollander, Professor Emeritus

Jonathan Kahana
Documentary film and media; film and politics; American film history; essay film; cultural and social theory; media publics; arts of historical re-enactment; war and cultural memory; audio culture; disciplines of listening

John Jota Leaños
Documentary animation, social documentation, critical ethnic studies, social art practice, community arts, Chicana/o art and culture, new media, critical media studies, cultural studies, documentary photography, installation art, public art and interventionist art practice

Charles L. Lord, Professor Emeritus

Margaret Morse, Professor Emerita

Rick Prelinger
Critical archival studies; personal and institutional recordkeeping; access to the cultural record; media and social change; "useful" (advertising, educational, industril, and sponsored) cinema; amateur and home movies; participatory documentary; digital scholarship; cinema and public history; history of television

B. Ruby Rich
Specializes in documentary film and video, new queer cinema, feminist film history, Latin American and Latina/o cinema and other global/regional cinemas, U.S. independent film and video, the essay film, film festival studies, and the making/marketing of foreign films in the U.S.; editor of "Film Quarterly" advising on writing, editing, and journal submission

Warren Sack
Software studies, software art, software design, media theory, history and philosophy of computing, science and technology

Shelley Stamp
Film history, theory, and criticism; silent cinema; early Hollywood; women's filmmaking; film censorship; histories of moviegoing; feminist approaches to cinema

Gustavo Vazquez
Film and video production, documentary and experimental cross-cultural experiences in film

Associate Professor

Irene Gustafson
Documentary theory and practice, experimental film/video, gender and queer studies, animal studies

L. S. Kim
Television history and theory, racial discourse, feminist criticism, Asian-American cultural theory and production, industrial practices and social change in both mainstream Hollywood and alternative media

Peter Limbrick
International cinemas, especially Arab and Middle Eastern cinemas and Australasian cinemas; postcolonial theories and settler colonialism; theories of globalization and transnationalism; intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; queer theory; film and video history and historiography

Irene Lusztig
Film and video production, experimental ethnography and essayistic nonfiction; representations of  historical memory; archives, propaganda and training films; feminist film practices; medical film; autobiographical filmmaking; interactive documentary; editing

Soraya Murray
Visual culture studies including contemporary art, film, and electronic games; critical game studies; new media art, theory, and criticism; theories of technology and globalization; history of art and technology; science-fiction (utopia/dystopia/apocalypse/technothriller); representations of otherness/race/class/gender/sexuality

Yiman Wang
Theory of difference; film history and theory; colonial/semi-colonial/postcolonial/postsocialist modes of media production and exchange; border-crossing film remakes; silent cinema; translation theory and cinema; acting theory/practice and ethnic star studies with focus on Anna May Wong; transnational connections and ramifications of Chinese cinema and documentary; fan culture; East Asian cinemas; critical animal studies and moving images

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Social documentation focusing on youth, Latinx and Latin American communities, education, popular culture, religion, juvenile justice, crime and incarceration, rural issues, migration, economic and racial justice; transmedia and multi-platform work; journalism

Assistant Professor

Anna Friz
Sound studies, media history and theory, sound production, radio and transmission art, media art installation and performance, environmental art, methodologies for research creation, feminist theories of technology, community and pirate media

Jennifer Horne
Media citizenship; non-theatrical film and film exhibition; archives and technologies of information; film preservation; mass media and humanitarianism; cinema and media history and historiography; institutions, disciplinarity, and the politics of knowledge; feminist theory

Susana Ruiz
Game and transmedia design; games and playful systems as expressions of activism and art; history and practice of animation; participatory culture; social art practice; non-fiction storytelling and expanded documentay; theory/practice hybridity; Theatre of the Oppressed; critical and liberatory pedagogy; worldbuilding

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Neda Atanasoski, Feminist Studies
Race and technology; cultural studies; critical race and ethnic studies; postsocialism; human rights and humanitarianism; war and nationalism; religion and secularism

Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Professor Emerita, Literature

Teresa de Lauretis, Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness

Rosa Linda Fregoso, Professor Emerita, Latin American and Latino Studies

Herman S. Gray, Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Donna J. Haraway, Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Art
Public art, sculpture, documentary film, animation

David S. Marriott, History of Consciousness
Poetics, black cultural theory and philosophies of race, psychoanalysis, Fanon, Afro-pessimism

Associate Professor

Megan C. Moodie, Anthropology
Feminist theory, reproductive politics, development, legal identities, affirmative action, ethnographic methods, narrative, literature, utopias and other postsocialist/postcolonial imaginaries, connected histories and the longue durée, South Asia, Eastern Europe

Revised: 07/15/18